Kunal Matikiti

Originally from Zimbabwe, Kunal ventured to Australia to study architecture. After completing his Masters in 2012 at Deakin University, Kunal started working in Melbourne as a graduate architect at a small residential firm and has since moved to a bigger, and more commercially focused firm. With a keen interest in African Architecture, Kunal manages a small blog, www.afritect.com, where topics range from art and culture to architecture and fashion in Africa. Kunal is looking forward to earning valuable experience in Australia’s booming architectural sector and develop the skills and thought processes required to resolve some of the issues facing the unestablished creative sector in parts of Africa. Understanding of culture is an important element of Kunal's work and this forms a major element in his endeavours. Writing for The Grid is an exciting challenge and Kunal hopes to give a different and interesting perspective to an already established city.

Farewell to The Grid from Kunal Matikiti in Melbourne, Australia

by Kunal Matikiti

My internship at The Grid has been nothing short of amazing, particularly in how it challenged me to see and experience Melbourne in ways that I previously did not know. Working with The Grid provided the necessary mo... Read article

The Queen Victoria Markets: A Social Shopping Experience is Threatened

by Kunal Matikiti

A microcosm of life in Melbourne, Queen Victoria Market (QVM) is a 134  year old tradition ingrained within the cultures and communities gathering to shop, eat, play and work. Its regal name, spoken on the lips of peo... Read article

Melbourne Promotes Green Walls & Roofs with "Growing Green Guide"

by Kunal Matikiti

If you have ever wished for your home to be more beautiful, more valuable or more sustainable, then you might want to “think green.” Green walls and roofs are landscaped building surfaces that can definitely grant those ... Read article

How Melbourne's New Urban Growth Boundary will Shape the City

by Kunal Matikiti

The Melbourne Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, recently approved five new towers to be situated in the Southbank area of Melbourne’s central business district (CBD). This comes with the recent release of Plan Melbourn... Read article

Melbourne: A Culturally Segregated Melting Pot?

by Kunal Matikiti

African specific food outlets are popping up all over Footscray A recent conversation with an esteemed Australian gave me some perspective on the issue of segregation in multicultural communities. Melbourne is one suc... Read article

Is Age or Race Distribution the Answer to Melbourne's Social Housing Ills?

by Kunal Matikiti

Melbourne has a history of social housing much like any first world city. This mostly consists of an industrial revolution followed, typically, by a mass influx of people to the city from the country. This increase in po... Read article

Street Entertainment in Melbourne: Keeping the City Alive

by Kunal Matikiti

Today and throughout history, our urban environments have been static and we, as the users of these environments, have been the life force behind the built environment. Without us there would be no movement, meaning, or ... Read article

Melbourne’s Federation Square as a Catalyst for Community Building

by Kunal Matikiti

Melbourne’s Federation square was built in 2002, as a critical response to the failures of past developments on the site. Dating back to the 1960s, with the Gas and Fuel Corporation buildings that occupied the site, the ... Read article

The Melbourians' Natural Habitat: The Alleyway

by Kunal Matikiti

Like any western city experiencing growth in population as Melbourne has, space is a problem. Over the years both public and private entities have endeavoured to use every bit of space possible, thus, Melbourne has seen ... Read article

More Roads for Melbourne? East/West Link or Tunnels Debate

by Kunal Matikiti

Melbourne's leaders have recently been at war with each other over plans to redevelop the city's transport network for the east to west areas of the city. It is no secret that the city is currently facing many troubles i... Read article

Tearing it Down: Melbourne at Odds with British Architectural History

by Kunal Matikiti

Melbourne has an iconic history, which is only 200 somewhat years old. Having a British lineage means that most of the buildings created in the gold rush days resemble European ideals that today may seem a little dated f... Read article

Decentralizing Population Growth in Victoria: The Melbourne 2030 Plan

by Kunal Matikiti

Like any thriving city in the western world, population growth and congestion is a major issue facing urban planners in Melbourne. Cities such as Melbourne have started to use generic plans to solve these issues. Further... Read article